'''Robert Leroy Johnson''' (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson's shadowy and poorly documented life and 27 Club|death at age 27
have given rise to much legend, including the Deal with the Devil|Faustian myth
that he sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads (mythology)|crossroads
to achieve success. As an itinerant performer who played mostly on street corners, in juke joint
s, and at Saturday night dances, Johnson had little commercial success or public recognition in his lifetime.
It was only after the reissue of his recordings in 1961, on the LP ''King of the Delta Blues Singers
'', that his work reached a wider audience. Johnson is now recognized as a master of the blues, particularly of the Mississippi Delta blues